Creating a Perception of Success - Documenting For Dorks
"Creating a Perception of Success - Documenting For Dorks
By various posters to the Monster.com chat area
I also work for "multiples" (10 on rotating-project basis, 15 on a regular basis, and 8 "primaries"). My environment is very "production" oriented, but there was no way to track my job. Since none of the managers had one in place, I came up with a way to track my daily work--which I provide to my reporting supervisor weekly. She knows what projects that I have "working". I do all of this in spreadsheet format--the numbers show that I am completing my projects--most of the time, ahead of schedule.
I also provide a monthly "roll-up" that tracks how much I am being utilized, by whom, and an increase/decrease in utilization figure. This provides my supervisor the information she needs so that she can pull in a temp if some (multiple) projects are going to take longer than the original time-line will allow. It also gives her a way to track my progress for my "Goals & Objectives" toward my annual review--I prove my worth.
I found out that managers could come down hard on someone for this very (stupid) thing. "Perceptions are reality" is what one manager told me--no one that cannot see beyond "perceptions" is doing their homework--I do not want to work for those types--but I have. Taking it out of their hands makes me pro-active, and un-replaceable, in their eyes--which makes for job security, if you get my meaning.
While it's fine to leave work in their inbox or e-mail, you must also put Post-Its on their computer screens, voice messages on their system and when you see them, give them in their hand a one page short status report on what's been accomplished and where to find it. That way, you have put in face-time with them, so to speak, and you have covered yourself on every possible base that they can no longer hide how capable you are. I do not believe anyone is arguing on your capability but it seems like you work in secret -- because these people are not proactive or have the energy to "search" for you; so make it real easy and baby-easy for them so they cannot "blame" you for their lack of turnaround and work ethic.
Insist on meeting for "3 minutes" twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. They want you to check in, so do it. It may be like a power thing, but do what needs to be done, dot those i's and cross those t's -- then see what they come up with next. If it's more stuff, or, I suspect, it'll get vague and nitpicky next, then start putting out the resume pronto, being nice and giving them a big smile, no skips on your covering bases routine until you are gone from that place."
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